Health advice in the palm of your hand

It can sometimes be difficult to know what to do for the best when you’re not feeling well – but thanks to, help is always close at hand.

The website, called NHS Choices, offers a wealth of information and advice about common health conditions, so you can search and read up on your symptoms in seconds using your smartphone.

It can also help you to identify which NHS service might be the most appropriate for your circumstances, as well as find your nearest pharmacy, GP practice, dental surgery, walk-in centre or minor injuries unit plus their opening hours.

Reaccreditation for emergency preparedness at Basildon University Hospital

Once again Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is flying the kite mark for emergency preparedness.

The Trust had to demonstrate to the British Standards Institute (BSI) how its business continuity plans would ensure we continue to provide patient care during an unexpected crisis or emergency. These might include a flu epidemic, a terrorist attack or a loss of power, telephone or IT systems.